Sunday, November 30, 2014

Me ° Day 418

I walked 1112 steps
Today was an amazing day at home. . . Munching, resting, knitting, movie out with Matt and a bit of cleaning. . .
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Watch "Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)" on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbHz7SkqXzA&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Tonight Matt and I went to see "Guardians of the Galaxy" at Cinemark Movies 10 on Plainfield Road. We tryly had a blast watching this movie!! I mean I seriously was laughing over and over, and I never laugh.
This movie has everything. .
Humor
Technology
Talking plants
Romance
Villains
Heroes
If you haven't taken your teen to see it you should while it's still in 3D at the dollar show (well, $3.25/ each).
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Finished Stocking Cap with a Jingle Bell

All the hats not knitted for the homeless are available to purchase for $22.00/ each (plus shipping if needed).
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Day 334/365

Good morning! Hoping your morning is peaceful. As so much utter insanity spreads across the country our lives are all changing and the terms "safe" and "peaceful" don't seem such an attainable given any longer.
Daily I find my perspective changing and must be proactive as events in the US unfold. In watching riots that have spread across the country I have, unfortunately, eliminated some areas I used to deliver Avon to and will simply have to have those customers come to my home to pick up brochures and products. The risk of being white in a black neighborhood is too high. Sad but I have to consider my family's safety first. Maybe my lovely customers will enjoy stopping by?
And, as radiation levels across the country seem to be rising (probably a product of t continued Fukoshima meltdowns), we are trying to remember our nascent iodine to cleanse and protect our bodies.For the next three mornings we will be back to three drops in water before breakfast, then one drop every morning after that.
And at bedtime? Well, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water eliminates a good portion of consumed fat!! We did a weigh-in last night and the results were unpleasant. . I think the stress lately has affected us. And, honestly, my focus has been on refinancing the house and not at all on our health. Definitely time to get back on track!!
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Me * Day 417

I walked 2384 steps. . .
A day of mostly balancing rent books at work. .
Then supper at Denny's on Plainfield Road with Matthew. .
And trying a Grandslamwich!
Not many calories burned, but still a good day. .
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Me ~ Day 416

I walked 6753 steps
A busy day at work. .
A quick errand. .
Laundry folded. .
Laundry washed.. .
Bed made fresh. . . .
Ahhh, home!!
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Day 331/365

Wow! We are really getting so close to the end of 2014. Where did it go? What has been accomplished and where am I going from here?
As I head into the final days of this year I am making some serious changes to my entire situation. I'm looking at quality of life and what I can do right now to improve that.
I'm drawing some lines in the sand too. . . what side are you on? Are you here as a member of my team? Is your main purpose to find humor in my failings?

2015 will be different AND better . . .
Going forward at full steam. . .
Don't look back. . .
Take no prisoners!!!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My New Ankle Bracelet!

Hi! Isn't this ankle bracelet just too cute?!?! I got it from Avon. Actually, it's marketed as a tennis bracelet, but I am so loving it as an ankle bracelet.
Not bad for $5.00 . . .
Want one?
www.youravon.com/karenjoyce
and look for the Breast Cancer Crusade Ribbon Tennis Bracelet!!
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Me ~ Day 414

I walked 5501 steps
A busy day at work is now over and home time with thanksgiving preps beckon. . .
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Me >~< Day 413

I walked 5,072 steps today!! I'm enjoying this pedometer app as I can see how active I am yet how few calories I burn.
After a long day, home is good and I've turned off the app until tomorrow.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 328/365

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Kudos, Gwendolyn C at Wendy's #00008998

Today I decided to have my lunch at the Wendy's at Center St and Jefferson St in Joliet, IL and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent service I received!!! Not only was Gwendolyn attentive and polite, she made sure I had everything I needed with my meal, even suggestive selling with a smile(something I never see any more)!!
Thank you so much, Gwendolyn, for making my lunch break a truly relaxing experience.
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300 N Pine St, Joliet, IL 60435

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300 N Pine St, Joliet, IL 60435

Snow is really coming down here! WGN News said we're supposed to get about 0.9", but time will tell what God has decided. .
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300 N Pine St, Joliet, IL 60435

Snow is finally beginning to accumulate . . .
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Luke 5 and Trusting Him Fully

As I sit reading Luke 5 tonight it occurs to me the dreams I've been having are showing me a beautiful future He has for me and that, even though some of my dreams seemed so homeless I shelved them, He makes dreams come true!!!
Now, mind you, I'm not looking for boats full of fresh fish or an overflowing bank account. . .. but there are dreams I have to save souls and comfort the homeless and children. Some of those dreams simply require way more than I can do on my own.
But, through faith and trust in Him. .
My dreams will be realized!!!
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Matthew Joyce on Merit Honor Roll

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New Hat

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 316/365

Furnace has kicked on three (3)times since I started hitting snooze alarm!!! Giving my hard earned money to Nicor gas is highly unacceptable so I have to keep a fire going all night from now on.
The trick is to keep the house toasty all night so the furnace doesn't need to Ever kick on. I keep the furnace set at 55F just so water pipes don't freeze. At this setting, with a little diligence, I can keep the furnace from handing my money over to Nicor about 99% of the time!!!!
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day 315/365

Cloudscaping of the impending polar vortex encroach upon our humble homestead. It is currently 39F and dropping. Our high tomorrow will be in the 30's so it will be darn chilly tonight!
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Day 315/365

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Happy Veterans Day~~ Thank You for Your Service!!!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Day 313/365

Good morning!!! How are you on this fine morning? I woke at 7:16am for some odd reason and never fell back asleep. Actually I was almost back asleep at 8:00am when the church across the street started their service loudly and the bass was Boom Boom Boom so I got up. . I started coffee, washed dishes, stoked the fire and washed laundry. . .
Then? On to setting up on my bed to prep Avon brochures to give out. . Two slices Pepperidge Farms pumpkin spice swirl toast topped with Country Crock pumpkin spread!! Yummy!!!
Matt finally woke up, stripped his bed and got a hot bath before making toast and heading out to clean gutters before the polar vortex arrives. . .
Being this is my only day off work, it is a day of catch up and, possibly (if chores were done during precious week), relaxation. . .
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Day 312/365

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Day 311/365

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Day 311/365

A few dishes washed. . .
Hot apple cinnamon oatmeal for a full happy tummy. . .
Laundry going so a sweet young man has clean clothes. . .
A full giant cup of fresh hot coffee so my brain functions . .
Fallen leaves everywhere. . .
A school bus arrives for my guy .. . .
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A New Hat!!

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Day 308/365

Worked 8 hours, voted, laundry going, fire going, vacuumed living room, had Matt haul wood in from car and cabbage from garden. . . now? Matt made us a delicious supper and washed some dishes while I got a Hot bath. . . . almost time for Matt's bath and for me to fold laundry. . . Really, though, I'm super sleepy and just wanna rest. . . . Reality and the grown-up world call and I must fold all this crazy clean laundry I dumped on my bed. . .
Laundry Fairy, where are you????!!
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Hercules

Let's go see Hercules!

http://www.cinemark.com/hercules.aspx?noredirect=1

Good morning! Just wanted to share a quick thought about a movie Matt and I saw Sunday.
Hercules
We went to the first showing at Cinemark 10 so it was only $1.25/ticket!!!
This movie was really good and I must admit I was surprised. I was expecting to see a kids movie and was thrilled to experience a well made film. The costumes were fantastic and the story line was very easy to follow. Matt and I chuckled quite often and cheered too!
After the movie we compared notes on what were our favorite weapons and how we could make these ourselves.
I would definitely recommend this movie.
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300 N Pine St, Joliet, IL

34F and rainy

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Day 305/365

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Our Pilcher Park Adventure. .

This is an adorable shed on the property. It looks as though one section may have been, at least in part, used as a chicken coop. It has three doors to three separate sections on the from side and the middle section resembles a coop set up. This end, though, with a spit that presumably once held a window box, was probably a playhouse for a cherished little girl.
And from there my mind wanders and I wonder if children ever lived here?
This would have been an idyllic place to grow up!!
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Our Pilcher Park Adventure. . .

Despite its serious need for repairs this us a really beautiful house. It would cost a fortune to repair it, if that is even at all possible, but would so be worth the effort and expense.
Maybe it's the leaded glass windows or the screened porch, but this humble home packs a wallop of romance no girl can deny!
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Our Pilcher Park Adventure

This is the area by the old basketball court... very odd to find a chimney from an old building and all these valves so close to a basketball hoop.
Curious. . . .
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Check out my RunKeeper activity~ Exploring Pilcher Park

I just completed an activity with RunKeeper http://ddrunke myeper.com/activity?userId=32375459&trip=463858435

Good morning and welcome back! I just want to share with you about our adventure in the woods yesterday (note: this will take several posts as I took so many interesting photos!!).
Our adventure took place in Pilcher Park at a site that only recently became available to explore. Previously this site had been privately owned, but, way before that, it had been the site of the riding stables for the park.
A lot of history here. Also many rumors and mysteries abound concerning the previous owner and activities at the site. I can tell you that, although it's very peaceful there deep in the woods, it's also very creepy. As I don't know how much truth surrounds the urban legends about this place I won't share those here, but leave it up to you to explore the area, ask questions and decide for yourself. Please, come back and comment on the photos and share a few of your own. Let us know what you decide.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

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